I have decided to write in this blog at the end of every workday, as a metaphorical clocking-out, to better record my progress each day. Today I’m writing in it very late because of odd circumstances (I most certainly have NOT been working all day).

Today I discovered the great utility of Gail Blanke’s road-mapping technique. To create a good, solid road map for any project, first think of the point at which you’ll feel like you’ve really finished/arrived. For instance, in the case of a graphic novel, my finishing point could be a book signing, or seeing my book on Meltdown’s shelves, or just sending the manuscript in to an editor. Once you’ve got that point in mind, work backwards, step by step, asking yourself, “What did I do immediately before this, to get me to this point?” This backwards plan might go like this:

send manuscript to editor
complete illustrations
review illustrations
color
ink
pencil

I found out today that this backwards-planning technique works amazingly well for projects I feel unsure about starting. I’m going to employ it for all the projects I’m working on, to make up detailed project road-map sheets that will make it easier to work on any one at any given moment.